Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland In Slater Park
Pawtucket’s 19th Annual Winter Wonderland will kick off December 2rd 2017 at 3:45 PM. Santa’s Parade beginning at Daggett Farms and proceeding down the hill to the Historical Looff Carousal. This year parade will include the Tolman High School Band, Brownie troop 923, Slateretts Softball team & dancers from Dance Attitude in Pawtucket. Our Grand Marshall is Rhode Island Monthly’s Best News Anchor of the Year, WJAR’s Mario Hilario.
Santa will be welcomed at the Carousal by the Wonderland elves along with Pawtucket Major Donald Grebien, Mrs. Claus, Winter Wonderland President Bob Machowski & Vice-President Dawn P. Goff, and Rhode Island Monthly’s Weather Woman of the Year and Wonderlands Official Meteorologist, WJAR’s Kelly Bates. At 4:00 PM the group will begin the ceremony that will illuminate the 500 decorated trees, 20 Victorian Houses, light displays and multiple decorations that make up the festival.
The festival is held in Historical Slater Park on Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket RI on the weekends of December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10 from 4PM to 8Pm. Starting at 4:30 each night there is a heated entertainment tent filled with performers from local school groups, dance studios, and choral groups.
There are free visits with Santa. For a small fee, optional photos with Santa will be taken. There will be Hay Rides, Train rides, Face painting, Children’s craft tables, and 25 cent rides on the historical Looff Carousal. Beside the decorated Christmas Trees there are 20 Victorian houses sponsored by local organization and business and an 18-foot-tall talking Snowman to enjoy. Stroll through the Night Before Christmas Story Lane. Become a Gingerbread Man or Woman, or a Snowman at our Life size cutout.
The food court will have hot dogs and hot Chocolate for sale. The Historical Daggett house will be decorated for the season and open for tours and paintings will be on display and for sale at Rhode Island Water Color Society art gallery.
The Winter Wonderland festival is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers in conjunction with the City of Pawtucket. Our goal is to have a winter event that the whole family can enjoy, at little or no cost. Admission to the park is free with free parking in designated areas only.
The festival is held only on the first two weeks but the light displays are illuminated every night until January 1st 2017 for viewing.